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Rumorpile: Ford Plans An Attack On The Prius

Aug 21 2014 09:35 AM | Ford News
A new report from Reuters says the Ford is working on a dedicated hybrid model that will take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. Two sources tell the news service that the new model, codenamed C240, will use Ford's new C2 platform. This new platform will also underpin the next-generation Focus and Escape. C240 will also be more efficient than the blue oval's current hybrids thanks to improved battery technology and and the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum.

The new model is expected to go into production in 2018, with global sales starting a year after.

Source: Reuters

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can...

Spying: Next-Generation Ford F-Series Super Duty Gets A Bit Hot

Aug 04 2014 01:45 PM | Ford News
There are times when a spy photographer gets more than they bargained for. Most of the time, it involves an engineer chasing them away from their test mule. But sometimes, they catch something spectacular. Case in point are new shots of the next-generation F-Series Super Duty catching on fire while undergoing hot-weather testing in Death Valley.

Before we go any further, it needs to be stated that no one was injured in this fire. The two engineers who were driving the truck were able to get out and find their way to safety.

Judging from the pictures, it appears the fire started in the driver-side front wheel well and then spread. The spy photographer who caught the pictures said it took 21 minutes for the fire to bu...

2015 Ford F-150 To Start At $26,615*

Jul 28 2014 03:45 PM | Ford News
Ford dealers are beginning to take orders for the 2015 F-150 this week and some pricing information has come out. The 2015 model will start at $26,615 with destination for the base XL, only $395 more than the current model. The F-150 XL will come equipped with a 3.5L V6 making 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Optional will be the 2.7 EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque for only $495, and the 3.5 EcoBoost which costs $1,995.

Next up is the F-150 XLT which now starts at $31,925, up $395 from the previous XLT. Then there is the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum F-150 models. Those models begin at $39,730 for the Lariat, $49,690 for the King Ranch, and $52,950 for the Platinum.

A spok...

FBI Investigates A Former Ford Employee Over Industrial Espionage

Jul 25 2014 11:25 AM | William Maley in Ford News

Earlier this month, the FBI searched Ford Motor Company's world headquarters after starting an investigation into a former employee who is accused of industrial espionage. The Detroit News got their hands on the court records and search warrants which...

Ford Divulges Engine and Towing Specifications For 2015 F-150

Jul 22 2014 01:45 PM | William Maley in Ford News

Has it really been seven months since Ford unveiled the 2015 F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show? Yes it has. Since that time, the blue oval has been keeping its lips shut on the power and towing numbers for the F-150. Well today, Ford has decided to reveal...

Ford Unveils The 2015 Focus ST

Jun 27 2014 02:30 PM | William Maley in Ford News

Ford has refreshed the Focus Hatchback and Sedan for the 2015 model year, and now it's the ST's turn. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford has pulled the cover back on the 2015 Focus ST. Like the standard model, the Focus ST gets a revised front en...

2015 Ford Edge Goes Worldwide

Jun 24 2014 05:35 PM | William Maley in Ford News

Today at Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, the automaker revealed the 2015 Edge. The model which we saw in concept form at last year's LA Auto Show will be sold globally for the first time. The production version of the Edge fits into Ford's...